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10:33 am
Mon March 18, 2013

On The Political Front For March 18

Some key votes are coming up within a busy House docket: the tobacco tax increase, expected to pass, but at less than the Governor's proposed level; freezing the second phase of the Voter ID law, halting provisions set to take effect this fall that would eliminate some of the current acceptable forms of identification, namely college students' school IDs; a change of the "Stand Your Ground" law, reinstating the requirement that people make an effort to retreat before using deadly force.

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Politics
9:35 am
Mon March 11, 2013

On The Political Front For March 11

The casino proposal faces its first major vote this week, is expected to pass in the Senate; the gas tax comes before the House Ways & Means Committee; medical marijuana legislation may have new life with Governor Hassan in the corner office; the House works on a revised budget.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

House Readies For Charged Vote On Gas Tax

As the NH house readies to vote on a 15 cent increase to the state’s gas tax, Former house speaker Bill O’Brien is pushing to ensure all gas tax money pays for infrastructure.  

Former House speaker Bill O’Brien knows something about diverting gas tax revenue to pay for things other than roads. The state budget he passed as speaker did just that, as so have pretty much every state budget in memory.

But now, as the House stands ready to increase gas taxes for the first time since 1991, O'Brien says it’s time for the practice to stop.

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Politics
8:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

On The Political Front For March 4

Votes are expected in the House this week on whether the state will allow the building of one casino, as outlined in Governor Hassan's budget, and the proposed raise to the gas tax; The House Finance Committee gets to work on the budget.

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NH News
2:34 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Hassan Pushes Casino (And Pushes Back On Report)

Governor Maggie Hassan's latest pitch for a single casino along the Massachusetts border is that it's the logical next step in New Hampshire’s long history of state-sanctioned gambling.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

NH Governor Maggie Hassan

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan joins us.   We’ll cover some of the major proposals in her new budget, especially the inclusion of eighty-million dollars in revenue from a casino that hasn’t been approved yet.  We’ll also talk about her first two months in office; from relations with the legislature to how much of her agenda she thinks she’ll be able to accomplish and we'll take your calls as well.

Guest

Governor Maggie Hassan - Governor of New Hampshire

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Politics
9:37 am
Mon February 25, 2013

On The Political Front For February 25

The New Hampshire House votes this week on whether to raise the gas tax for the first time since 1991; considerations over this proposed tax and expanded gambling will affect implementation of the governor's budget.

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Politics
10:08 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Live Blog: Governor Hassan's Budget Address

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StateImpact NH reporter Emily Corwin is live blogging Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address this morning from the state house.

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Politics
10:04 am
Mon February 11, 2013

On The Political Front For February 11

Taking a look at how Governor Maggie Hassan handled her first weather-related test in the recent storm and what may be coming up in her budget proposal, being introduced on Thursday; Representative Annie Kuster's tax delinquency troubles.

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Politics
9:34 am
Mon February 4, 2013

On The Political Front For February 4

The Local Government Center looks to replace its executive director; a look at bills that are coming down the pipe, including a bill to allow businesses to receive tax credits for donating private and home school scholarship funds, and a repeal of the Voter ID law.

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Politics
9:31 am
Mon January 28, 2013

On The Political Front For January 28

The New Hampshire Republican Party voted this past Saturday and chose former Congressional candidate Jennifer Horn to be their latest chairperson; and a repeal of the "Stand Your Ground" law comes up before committee in the House of Representatives.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

On The Political Front For January 22

New Hampshire Republicans are set to choose their new leaders; Governor Hassan prepares her budget proposal, amidst debate over increased gambling; David Campbell's projection to raise infrastructure funds through an increase to the gas tax and vehicle registration fees; and the House looks at N.H.'s "Stand Your Ground" law.

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Politics
7:30 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Governor, Legislature Prepare To Hammer Out Budget

During her campaign, Governor Maggie Hassan ran on restoring at least some of the money cut during the last round of budget writing.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

With a new governor, a divided statehouse, and continued uncertainty over federal spending, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to hammer out a budget.  It’s never a particularly easy process.  But hopes are high at the statehouse that this session, the inevitable fiscal fights will be more muted.

In her inaugural address earlier this month, Democratic governor Maggie Hassan struck a bipartisan tone about the state’s finances.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

On The Political Front For January 14

The legislature starts hearing bills this week. On the agenda are Medicaid expansion, straight ticket voting, 911-related immunity; off the table is an education funding amendment

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Politics
9:19 am
Tue January 8, 2013

On The Political Front For January 7

A look at the inaugural address of Governor Maggie Hassan. The N.H. House opens with a fight over guns, and lawmakers begin thinking about the next state budget.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Governor Maggie Hassan Takes Office

After her sizable victory in November, Hassan was officially sworn in today, as New Hampshire's 81st Governor.  In her speech she spoke of her hopes of a bipartisan and collaborative legislature. We'll  play back excerpts from her speech and see what’s ahead for “Day One” and beyond.

 Guests

Josh Rogers – NHPR Statehouse Reporter.

Kevin Landrigan — Statehouse and political reporter for the Nashua Telegraph.

 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Our 2013 Legislative Roundtable

We have a roundtable of State House and Senate leaders, on what’s in store for this new Legislative session.  Democrats, who take the reins in both the corner office and the House, are already aiming to modify or repeal some of the changes passed by the GOP last session, including on guns and voter ID…we’ll look at that, and  at the biannual budget process…already underway.

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The Exchange
8:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

The Lynch Legacy

In just a few weeks, the Governor steps down, after eight years in office.  We’ll talk with a roundtable of Granite Staters about his handling of everything from the economy to education to the environment.   We’ll also look at the “Lynch Style”…a low-key approach to governing that was, at times criticized as a lack of leadership.

Guests

Josh Rogers – Statehouse Reporter for NHPR

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Remembering Warren Rudman

The former Republican U.S. Senator from New Hampshire died Monday night, at age eighty-two.  For decades, Rudman was a prominent voice in New Hampshire and National politics…on deficit reduction, homeland security, and campaign finance.  We’ll look back at his long career with Granite Staters who knew him.

Click here to listen to Warren Rudman's featured appearance on the Exchange during our 25 in 25 series back in 2007.

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This American Life
3:43 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

478: Red State Blue State

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Politics have divided our country to the extent that the two sides not only disagree on the solutions to the country’s problems, they represent two different realities. This week we hear from people who are intimately familiar with this rift. They’ve lost friends. They’ve become estranged from family. They've watched civility cede to skirmishes. Our political civil war and its consequences: a special pre-election episode.

Prologue

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

What final election questions do you have?

We answer any final questions you have before you go to vote.  From debates, to political ads to stories and shows on NHPR, you’ve been given a lot of information, but maybe there’s a topic you haven’t heard much about or that one question that may sway you to one side or another. Today a panel of experts joins us to give you any final information you need before Election day.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Issue of the Week: Social Issues

We continue our “Issue of the Week” election series  as we look at where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on… social issues, including abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage. Although these generally rank low on surveys of important issues, they get talked about often. Today we'll look at what the candidates are saying and what role they'll play in this election.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

A Look at Ballot Question # 1

Ballot question one asks if New Hampshire should permanently prohibit an income tax?  In next month's election, Granite Staters will have to vote 'yes' or 'no' on this proposed change to the state's constitution. Supporters say this would settle a longstanding debate once and for all. Opponents say it would damage the state's fiscal standing. Today, we're taking a look at the arguments both pro and con to this question and answer any questions you may have before you head to the ballot box.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Going Thru…Question Two

A proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot this November would give the legislature final say over judicial rules and procedures.  That has some in the legal community incensed over what they consider to be a power grab by the legislature. But others in that same legal community think it simply restores authority appropriately to the people’s representatives.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Rehashing the Debates

David Lane Union Leader

On Monday,  it was First Congressional District  hopefuls Frank Guinta and Carol Shea Porter, Tuesday, Charlie Bass and Ann McClane Custer of the Second District duked it out and yesterday, candidates for Governor, Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamoontagne debated their views. We’ll look at the issues raised, who said what and where these campaign go from here. 

Guests

Josh Rodgers - New Hampshire's Senior Political Reporter.

Mike Cote - Business Editor for the Union Leader

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Sifting through the State Primary Results

Last night the sides were drawn for races from the State Senate to Executive Council, but perhaps the most closely watched was the Governor’s where Maggie Hassan won for the Democrats and Ovide Lamontagne was victorious for the Republicans.  We look at who won, and where these races may go in the next eight weeks. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

A Final…Primary Primer!

In just a few days New Hampshire  Republicans and Democrats will choose their nominees for Governor….after a lively campaign on both sides, with competing ideas on some major issues….such as taxes, prisons, and health care. We’ll look at all the candidates, what they’re saying and how they might stack up against each other in a general election.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

New Hampshire Democrats talk about the DNC

Today we talk to a roundtable of New Hampshire Democrats attending their party's convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. We'll get their thoughts on some of the DNC's speakers, their party's platform, their hopes for President Obama's address Thursday night and how they hope it may give their Party a boost as they head into a tough Presidential election season.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jackie Cilley

Jackie Cilley
Courtney Cania NHPR

Our coverage of the New Hampshire Gubernatorial primary continues with Democrat Jackie Cilley.  A former State Representative, Senator and UNH Business Professor, Cilley has been vocal about not taking the traditional anti-tax pledge.  We’ll talk with her about that, and other issues in this primary campaign, including why she thinks she's the best choice for Democrats this fall.

Guests

Jackie Cilley - Former State Representative, Senator, UNH Business Professor and current Democratic Candidate for Governor

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Smith

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Kevin Smith
Courtney Cania NHPR

We continue our coverage of the New Hampshire gubernatorial primary, with Republican Kevin Smith.  A former State Representative and lobbyist, Smith is a social and fiscal conservative, emphasizing in this race his plans to improve the state’s business climate.  We’ll get his stance on that and other issues including why he thinks he’s the best choice for Republicans this fall.

Guest

  • Kevin Smith -  Former State Representative, Lobbyist and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate.
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